"We have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world." Thus we are assured by John in his first epistle (4:16, 17). Is not this our authority for bold action?

We do not have to be apologetic or retreat in timid conservatism before any manifestation of evil. "Because as he is, so are we in this world." That plainly states our relationship to God. In other words, our real being is now the expression of God, and could this being fail to manifest God's irresistible power? Since it is divine Mind, and not human sense, which does the healing, and since man is the expression of this divine Mind, need we have any hesitancy in acting boldly to refute and destroy the false and illusory claims of mortal mind?

We read in Matthew (5:25), "Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him." To deny quickly evil's reality and power is to act boldly and prevents the error from establishing itself in human consciousness. A dictionary defines "bold" in part as daring and courageous, and gives as synonyms "intrepid, fearless, dauntless, valiant." Christian Science teaches us how to manifest these qualities of boldness and authority when we are tempted to believe that any evil is real or has power.

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